Chapter # 9 Paragraph # 4 Study # 3
December 16, 2008
Lincolnton, N.C.

<460> Thesis: Who told you that you were naked? Introduction: In our study last week we considered Paul's confrontational question in Romans 9:20-21: Who are you to talk back to God? In that study we focused upon a very large and enormously consequential reality: without humility on man's part, there is no understanding of anything. It should, therefore, be no surprise to anyone that wisdom has almost disappeared from planet earth. Man's arrogance has currently almost reached the stratosphere and the inverse is true of his wisdom. Thus, the point the apostle has made is both blunt and profound: if we really wish to understand so that we may "live", we have no alternative but to humble ourselves and take our position as students of the Truth from God rather than critics. This evening we are going to push that envelope. We are going to begin a look into Paul's "explanation" to the "humble" of the reason(s) for God's methods in particular respect to His total refusal to permit man's "works" to be ultimately determinant. We are going to do this by considering what he said in 9:22-23. And we are going to consider this text in the light of God's question of Adam in Genesis 3:11.